“ “Embodied Meanings” at 2016 Manila Art
Galerie Anna presents “Embodied Meanings” at Manila Art 2016, with participating artists: Ricky Ambagan, Cezar Arro, Grandier Bella, Ferdie Cacnio, Jun Impas, Toti Cerda, Melvin Culaba, Ivy Floresca, Gerry Joquico, Vincent Padilla, Iggy Rodriguez and Glenn Cagandahan.
The phrase is derived from the American critic Arthur Danto, who himself was influenced by the philosophy of art of the German philosopher Hegel, who writes: “The work of art, as a sensuous object, is not merely for sensuous apprehension; its standing is of such a kind that, though sensuous, it is essentially at the same time for spiritual apprehension; the spirit is meant to be affected by it and to find some satisfaction in it.” Explains Danto: “The originality of the artist comes from inventing modes of embodying meanings she or he may share with communities of very large circumference.”
Toti Cerda deconstructs the revered masterpieces of the country’s greatest muralist Carlos “Botong” Francisco, while Jun Impas celebrates the nobility of age and culture of the Manobos.
From his abstract layers of gestural brushstrokes emerge the ambiguous and haunting figures of Cezar Arro, contrasting with the definite sculptural line of Ferdie Cacnio’s ballerinas.
Vincent Padilla’s nostalgia for a vanished past is transformed into a narrative of personal longing for a beloved’s absence, made more meaningful as a classic kundiman or love song. Gerry Joquico’s “Haliging Asin” alludes to Lot’s wife in the Biblical tale in Genesis, who was turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back at Sodom.
More a reflection of contemporary times is a topical subject of violence personified by the feared and loathsome death squad, as embodied in Melvin Culaba’s artwork. Violence, too, is the inherent theme of Ivy Floresca’s “Gospel at 35 Degree” where trigger-happy hands metamorphose into actual bullets.
Grandier Bella paints an ode to childhood in the portrait of a young boy fantasizing himself as an Indian chief, while fantasy is flaunted by Iggy Rodriguez as a forbidding and towering palace floating in space.
Glenn Cagandahan’s “Jose Rizal” and “Andres Bonifacio” lend their ineffable presence as a projection of their enduring role in the shaping of our country’s future history, putting pressure on the present to learn the lessons of the past.
Manila Art 2016 is at the SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, on view October 6-9. For inquiries, call Galerie Anna, cell nos: 0936-713-9213 and 0909-591-8495.